RAMALLAH, November 19, 2013 (WAFA) – A report by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on household environmental survey for 2013 said Tuesday that new data showed a significant increase in the percentage of households connected to a water network in Palestine compared to previous years.

The percentage of households living in a housing unit connected to a water network was 96.4% this year compared to 88.4% in 2009 and 91.8% in 2011.

However, this percentage varies from one geographic region to another, said the PCBS.

Households consumed about 16 million cubic meters of water per month this year – 10 million in West Bank and six million in Gaza Strip.

Monthly average household consumption of water in Palestine was 22.1 cubic meters – 21.4 cubic meters in West Bank and 23.5 cubic meters in Gaza Strip.

The PCBS said that disposal of wastewater using the wastewater network has also increased significantly this year compared to previous years.

It said 55.3% of households in Palestine used a wastewater network to dispose of their wastewater in 2013 compared to 55.0% in 2011 and 52.1% in 2009.

Local authorities collected solid waste for 71.5% of households in Palestine, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) collected 8.5% of solid waste, and in 2.3% of households a special contractor collected the solid waste.

The average daily household waste generated in Palestine in 2013 was estimated to be 2.7 kilograms compared to 3 kilograms in 2011.